Film / Yesterday Was a Lie

Yesterday Was a Lie is a 2009 science-fictional Film Noir homage by director/writer James Kerwin, starring Kipleigh Brown as Hoyle, and featuring former Star Trek actress Chase Masterson as a mysterious and significant — but nameless — lounge singer who becomes Hoyle's ally.

Hoyle is a hard-drinking private detective(?) searching for a missing scientist and a missing Nazi notebook, and instead uncovering mysteries about the the nature of reality and time. Quantum mechanics, Jungian philosophy and fanservice all feature heavily.

The movie spawned a short-lived web series in 2011.

The film contains examples of the following:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Masterson's (Singer's) dress for most of the film. Both Hoyle and Singer in the art museum.
  • Badass Long Coat: Brown (Hoyle) wears one as part of her Hardboiled Detective gear.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Singer's shirt for the latter portion of the film. Hoyle's white suit in the jazz club (briefly).
  • Deliberately Monochrome
  • Diesel Punk
  • Film Noir
  • Hardboiled Detective
  • Lingerie Scene: Hoyle's shirt is removed in order to dress a gunshot wound, leaving her wearing just a bra in the rain.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Hoyle's cat is named "Schrödinger" after one of the founders of quantum mechanics, who described a famous thought experiment called "Schrödinger's Cat".
    • Hoyle may be a veiled reference to astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle; in one scene, a character reads "October the First Is Too Late," Fred Hoyle's book which outlines his concept of non-linear time and a reality "clerk," also referenced in the film.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Hoyle and Singer would both qualify as fanservice.
  • Opera Gloves: Singer's dress in the jazz club when she sings "Yesterday Was a Lie."
  • Science Fiction
  • Show Some Leg: Hoyle persuades a male physics student to spill secrets to her by sitting in front of him in a miniskirt and crossing her legs.